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[#] Thu Nov 01 2018 12:40:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Some of you might remember an old friend from the Citadel scene in the 1980's-1990's named Andy Rubin. He ran a BBS called Spies in the Wire. If you knew him, you also know that he created this little thing called Android which was gobbled up by Goolag and eventually became the most widely installed operating system in the world.

Today, there is a #GoogleWalkout happening. It seems that Andy was embroiled in some sort of sexual harassment thing, so the Goolag let him go ... which is fine, except they gave him a $90,000,000 golden parachute. Word got out, and now thousands of Goolagers are rioting.


Fun times! I think Andy should move back east and give me a few million dollars to make Citadel the next big thing.

[#] Wed Nov 07 2018 13:27:16 EST from zooer

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E: Repository 'http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable Release' changed its 'Origin' value from 'Google, Inc.' to 'Google LLC'



[#] Thu Nov 08 2018 14:25:34 EST from fleeb

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"Can't sue us for much... limited liability..."

[#] Thu Nov 22 2018 15:54:47 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I think Oracle would agree.

[#] Thu Dec 27 2018 11:20:42 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Aaaaaaand now it seems that Google has decided it is God and can decide to make an entire species go extinct.

Apparently they are launching a new operation to exterminate mosquitoes.
I do mean "exterminate" in the non-Godwinian-Hitler sense, as in, wipe them out worldwide. They are releasing mosquitoes infected with a bacterium that, after they mate with wild mosquitoes, causes their baby mosquitoes to never hatch.

And yet, no one is asking the very obvious questions about whether it's acceptable to manipulate nature in this way, and what about unintended side effects, which are pretty much guaranteed? What happens when they inevitably breed super-mosquitoes that are resistant to this kind of bacteria, but carry malaria just as easily?


Oh, and this isn't being done for free either. They plan to sell this technology to governments and other large organizations in parts of the world where there are large mosquito problems. You know, the places where people are starving but they want to make sure everyone has access to social media.

[#] Wed Jan 02 2019 09:52:38 EST from fleeb

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I thought I saw a lot of questions about whether or not killing all mosquitos is a good idea. And I think, mostly, people think it won't cause any problems.

This said, I'm less certain of that. We've often thought, 'Sure, that shouldn't be an issue,' only to find when we do it that it is.

[#] Thu Jan 10 2019 16:41:09 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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As an old-earth creationist, I can't help but be 100% confident that the mosquitoes are here for a very specific and deliberate reason, and for mankind to decide that we know better is a slap in the face to the Creator. It won't end well.

"Not even God Himself could sink this ship." -- White Star Line
"Hold my beer and watch this." -- God

[#] Fri Jan 11 2019 23:55:54 EST from arabella

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Thu Jan 10 2019 04:41:09 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar

As an old-earth creationist, I can't help but be 100% confident that the mosquitoes are here for a very specific and deliberate reason, and for mankind to decide that we know better is a slap in the face to the Creator. It won't end well.

"Not even God Himself could sink this ship." -- White Star Line
"Hold my beer and watch this." -- God

I am not a creationist, and I am almost 100% with you on the Mosquito thing, with the obvious exception, that I feel it's a slap in the of evolution.



[#] Fri Jan 11 2019 23:56:56 EST from arabella

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Thu Jan 10 2019 04:41:09 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar

As an old-earth creationist, I can't help but be 100% confident that the mosquitoes are here for a very specific and deliberate reason, and for mankind to decide that we know better is a slap in the face to the Creator. It won't end well.

"Not even God Himself could sink this ship." -- White Star Line
"Hold my beer and watch this." -- God

And the Titanic reference made me chuckle



[#] Fri Feb 01 2019 11:59:00 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Oh noes! I got an email today telling me that my Google+ page is being discontinued!

[#] Sun Mar 03 2019 10:56:19 EST from arabella

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Fri Feb 01 2019 11:59:00 AM EST from IGnatius T Foobar
Oh noes! I got an email today telling me that my Google+ page is being discontinued!

I don't think it's personal, mine is going too.

I'M m a little disappointed, I liked it, but its not The End Of The World. (I know this because the dolphins are still here)



[#] Thu Mar 21 2019 20:27:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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The whole service is shutting down in a couple of weeks. Not really an issue, since it didn't serve its purpose (getting people off Facebook). But in the intervening time, Google turned evil too, so in the end it didn't matter.

At this point if it weren't for YouTube I wouldn't even maintain a Google account anymore.

[#] Fri Mar 22 2019 08:14:42 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Can anything be large and corporate and not be evil?

[#] Sat Mar 23 2019 16:16:37 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Chick-Fil-A.

[#] Mon Mar 25 2019 08:57:23 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Tell that to the chickens.

[#] Mon Apr 01 2019 13:09:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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The obvious next step, then, shall be to breed chickens that are capable of saying that they want to be eaten.

[#] Thu Jun 20 2019 11:01:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Oh, this is lovely:

https://daniel.haxx.se/blog/2019/06/19/google-to-reimplement-curl-in-libcrurl/

libcurl is everywhere. libcurl is used by countless other applications (including Citadel) as the protocol handler library for standard Internet protocols.
It's clean and light and universal. Everyone uses it, everyone loves it.

Google has decided to build their own libcurl, using the same API but with Chrome's protocol handlers (cronet) behind it. So now you'll have a chance to add Google's spyware to your own applications, I guess. Maybe they'll even find ways to insert inline ads into everything.

If google were not scumbags, they'd do it the other way around. They should be contributing to libcurl development, and then throw away cronet, using libcurl instead as Chrome's backend.

[#] Thu Jul 11 2019 14:02:32 EDT from zooer

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"Okay Google, send me every nude photo from every Android user."   

And it worked!



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